Environment and Climate Justice


The Diocese of Bristol is committed to addressing the environmental challenges that our community faces and in November 2019 declared a climate emergency. As part of this the Diocese is working towards achieving a net zero carbon position by 2030.

Climate change may be the most serious issue ever faced by human communities. All forms of life across the planet are threatened and the poorest nations are set to suffer most, that's why this is a justice issue.

Resources for your church:

Buildings:

A practical path to 'net zero' for our churches - this brilliantly simple 2-page guide describes the changes you can make to reduce your church's carbon footprint.

For creed and creation: a guide to a greener church - a longer, practical guide to greening your church. 

Theology:

Christian guide to environmental issues - this book by Margot and Martin Hodgson is a great small group course to help your church explore practical ways to engage with environmental concerns.

Climate change and the church - a young persons perspective - a blog from Sophie Mitchell, Church of England Youth Council Representative and Bristol churchgoer

Season of Creation - 1 September to 4 October each year marks the Season of Creation, a chance for us to pray for God’s world and all life upon it. As we aim for net zero emissions, all churches are encouraged to focus at least one Sunday in September on the environment.

Policy:

Diocesan Environment and Climate Justice Policy - behind this the Diocesan Board of Finance has adopted a full implementation plan and parishes are encouraged to consider how the policy can be implemented locally.

Latest initiatives:

Online Church Action in a Climate Emergency conference - book your place here

Work towards an Eco Church award - this is a great tool to help your church improve not only its carbon footprint, but whole approach to creation care.

Join Green Christian's Radical Presence course - a chance to listen to God's word in a time of pandemic. The next course starts on 1 November 2020, and the materials are freely available for churches to run their own course.

Latest environment news from the Diocese - access all recent environment-related stories from across the diocese. If you have a story to share, please contact Clare Fussell 


EcoChurch Awards Scheme
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